College of Law

Toledo Law Named a Best Law School by The Princeton Review

Nov. 22, 2019

The University of Toledo College of Law was selected once again as one of the nation's most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company includes the school in its recently reported list, "Best Law Schools for 2020."

Toledo Law is rated No. 1 for most accessible professors among Ohio and Michigan law schools and is tied for No. 1 in Indiana. The college scored 97 in the "Professors Accessible" category, which is based on how students rate the accessibility of law school faculty. The ratings are scored on a scale of 60 to 99.

Toledo Law is also ranked No. 5 on the national list of top 10 best law schools for women. Princeton Review identified which law schools offer the greatest resources for women based on the percentage of the student body who identify as women, as well as on student answers to a survey question on whether all students are afforded equal treatment by students and faculty regardless of their gender.

"Every aspect of the school strikes the perfect balance between professionalism and personal attention," said a surveyed student. Students also spoke overwhelmingly of the school's obvious care and concern for their future, and the faculty's "willingness to sit and chat with students about class at any time, while connecting what we learn to real-life use." The research and writing program was described as "very thorough and puts an emphasis on real-world concerns," and the school furthers each student's practical background through almost-weekly opportunities to attend speeches or lectures, like one given by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 

"We recommend The University of Toledo College of Law and every one of the 167 law schools we selected for our 2020 list as an excellent choice for a student aspiring to earn a J.D.," said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief. He noted that the company selected schools based on an analysis of institutional data collected from surveys of law school administrators during the 2018-19 academic year. The institutional survey, which numbered more than 200 questions, covered topics from academic offerings and admission requirements to data about currently enrolled students as well as graduates' employment. 

Franek added, "What makes our 'Best Law Schools' designations unique is that we also take into account the opinions of students attending the schools about their campus and classroom experiences. For our 2020 list, we surveyed a total of 19,000 students at the 167 schools." The Princeton Review's 80-question student survey asked law school students about their schools' academics, student body, and campus life; it also included questions for the respondents about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys for this edition were conducted during the 2018-19, 2017-18, and 2016-17 academic years. 

"What makes Toledo Law special is that faculty members are deeply involved in their students learning and professional development from day one," said Geoffrey Rapp, associate dean for academic affairs and Harold A. Anderson Professor of Law and Values. "Our faculty get to know our students - where they are from, where they want to be, and what kind of law they aspire to practice. This puts them in a position to provide support to help students reach their goals."

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep, and college admission services company. Every year, the company helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House.

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